Railway Ministry observes World Environment Day
07/06/2019 14:04

Ministry of Railway observed World Environment Day at National Rail Museum. Rajesh Agrawal, Member, Rolling Stock, S.N. Agrawal, Member Staff, V.P. Pathak, Member (Materials Management), N. Kashinath, Member, Ajay Mathur, DG, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and senior railway officers were present on the occasion.

Rajesh Agrawal, Member Rolling Stock said, “Railways have been seriously committed to Environment Sustainability in a big way. Under the leadership of Hon’ble Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, in the previous government, the thrust on Swachchta has been immense.”

“The results of Swachchta Campaign are discernible. Railways have acted as a game changer as introduction of bio-toilets in the trains has made the length and breadth of the country stench free. Further also, Railways will continue to make efforts in promoting Cleanliness across its network,” Rajesh said.

“In promoting Green environment and renewable energy, Railways have taken steps like accelerating electrification at a fast pace and installing solar panels in Railway premises. Railways look forward to continue to collaborate with TERI in seeking environment friendly techniques,” he said.

Further, Rajesh Agrawal, Member, Rolling Stock added that the movement “Shift to Rail” is the need of the hour as it will bring a significant drop in logistics transportation cost and it will also enable environment protection. On Environment Day, “Environmental Sustainability Annual Report 2018-19” of achievements of Environment Management of Indian Railways was released.

The best performing Production Unit in the field of environment was awarded to Rail Wheel Factory, Yelahanka. Test launch of Mobile App for On Board House Keeping Services on Important Trains was also held on this occasion.

Indian Railways is a lead signatory to India’s NDC by committing to reduce 20 per cent of fresh water consumption by 2030 and to reduce carbon emission by 32 per cent over the base year 2005 by improving rail traction energy & fuel efficiency. Indian Railway has planned various initiatives to meet its commitment on sustainability.